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Two European Leagues close out their seasons this weekend, and, although both have long had their champions crowned, there is still plenty to play for in both Germany and England.

Champions League places are up for grabs in both countries, with Germany seeing more teams fighting for a place in Europe.

Chelsea prepare £31m bid for Bayer Leverkusen’s Benjamin Henrichs

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Chelsea are lining up a £31m bid for Bayer Leverkusen starlet Benjamin Henrichs, according to The Sun. The 21-year-old full-back is set to move on...

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Bernd Leno: Arsenal prepare £25m bid

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Arsenal are lining up a £25m summer bid for Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno, according to The Sun. The Gunners have earmarked Leno as Petr...

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‘He’s quality’, ‘One of the best’ – Arsenal fans desperate for £22m Petr Cech replacement

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Supporters are desperate for Arsenal to agree a £22m with Bayer Leverkusen for goalkeeper Bernd Leno after Bild said the Gunners are holding talks with the German international.

Leno has been linked with Arsenal since 2015 without ever agreeing a deal, but they could make their interest more official as they could be short in the ‘keeper department next year.

Man City want explosive 12-goal forward who will take them to the next level

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Manchester City are interested in signing the Bundesliga winger Leon Bailey this summer.

The 20-year-old has had a fantastic season so far and he has attracted Pep Guardiola’s interest. The Jamaican is very highly rated within the game and he would be a cracking signing for City.

Bailey has racked up 12 goals and 6 assists for Leverkusen this season and the Jamaican can operate on either wing.

Chelsea ready to pay Man Utd target's release clause, Blues in pole position

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Chelsea are interested in signing the Bundesliga defender Benjamin Henrichs this summer.

According to reports, the Blues are ready to pay around £31million for the German wonderkid and a summer bid is being prepared.

Henrichs made his Germany debut back in 2016 and he is a target for Manchester rivals City and United as well.

Sven Mislintat ‘identifies’ Arsenal’s first summer signing who has ‘exit option’

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According to The S*n, Arsenal’s Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat has identified Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno who could be the Gunners’ first signing of the summer if they trigger his ‘exit option’, believed to be a £17.5m release clause.

Leno would be a long-term replacement for Petr Cech who is out of contract next year, although Atletico Madrid and Napoli are also keen on his signature which could be a stumbling block in Arsenal’s bid to bring the German to the Emirates.

Sven Mislintat identifies £21.9m Petr Cech replacement who is ‘convinced to leave’ before June

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According to Kicker, Arsenal are interested in Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno and could agree a deal worth £21.9m to land his signature.

The 26-year-old joined Leverkusen from Vfb Stuttgart in 2012 and has gone on to make over 290 appearances in all competitions, keeping over 90 clean sheets for his troubles.

Sven Mislintat identifies £25m Petr Cech replacement for Arsenal but there’s one catch

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According to The S*n, Arsenal’s Head of Recruitment Sven Mislintat has identified Bayer Leverkusen goalkeeper Bernd Leno as a long-term replacement for Petr Cech, but the 2018 World Cup this summer might get in the way of negotiations.

Under the instruction of manager Arsene Wenger, Mislintat has scoured the Bundesliga for a talented shot-stopper who could improve the squad and is open to a move to the Emirates, and Leno appears to tick all the boxes.

Vertonghen comments on £22m star, says key Tottenham man is 'unbelievable'

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Tottenham forward Son Heung-Min has been in sensational form for the Londoners this season and Jan Vertonghen believes that the South Korean is an ‘unbelievable’ player.

Spurs signed the attacker from Bayer Leverkusen back in the summer of 2015 for a fee of £22m. So far, the 25-year-old has proven to be a major bargain for Pochettino.

Spurs want £35m man to replace key star in summer, 22-yr-old is a world class talent

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Tottenham are looking at the Bayer Leverkusen defender Jonathan Tah as a replacement for Toby Alderweireld.

According to reports, Spurs officials have scouted the German defender extensively this season. The 22-year-old is very highly rated in the Bundesliga and Spurs will have to shell out around £35million for his services.

Liverpool eyeing summer move for £100 million forward, Chelsea and Tottenham also in the running

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Liverpool have joined the race to sign Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey.

Leverkusen have slapped a £100 million price tag on the 20-year-old who is being monitored by numerous Premier League clubs.

Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur have all regularly watched Bailey, but Liverpool are eager to add the Jamaican to their squad.

Top 5 must-see soccer games on US TV this weekend

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Following on from winter breaks, domestic cup competitions and even Club World Cups, a sense of normality returns to European soccer again this weekend.

The Bundesliga is back after their hiatus, with two eye-catching contests on the schedule. Elsewhere, in the Premier League the runaway leaders face what promises to be their most difficult challenge of the campaign, while another tussle will have big connotations at both ends of the table.

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Leverkusen seal deal for Brazilian starlet Paulinho

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen have secured the signature of Paulinho, the latest Brazilian teenager to be tipped for a big future, the German club announced on Friday.

The 17-year-old winger, whose full name is Paulo Henrique Sampaio Filho, will move from Rio de Janeiro side Vasco da Gama on the day of his 18th birthday in July on a five-year deal.

Leverkusen seal deal for Brazilian starlet Paulinho

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen have secured the signature of Paulinho, the latest Brazilian teenager to be tipped for a big future, the German club announced on Friday.

The 17-year-old winger, whose full name is Paulo Henrique Sampaio Filho, will move from Rio de Janeiro side Vasco da Gama on the day of his 18th birthday in July on a five-year deal.

If anyone can beat Real, then it’s Bayern – Rummenigge

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has thrown down the gauntlet to Real Madrid ahead of next Wednesday’s home Champions League semi-final, first leg.

“We have to keep our concentration until next Wednesday, but if anyone can beat Real Madrid at the moment, it’s FC Bayern,” boasted Rummenigge.

Bayern rout Leverkusen to cruise into German Cup final

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Berlin (AFP) – Thomas Mueller shone as Bayern Munich romped to a 6-2 semi-final win at Bayer Leverkusen on Tuesday to reach the German Cup final and keep their treble dreams alive.

Leverkusen are up to third in the Bundesliga, but trail champions Bayern by a massive 24 points and the gulf in the league table showed up clearly in this semi-final.

Eye, eye! Bayern star Lewandowski sports a shiner

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Berlin (Germany) (AFP) – Robert Lewandowski was a colourful sight on Bayern Munich’s bench on Saturday, sporting a black eye which he received in a bruising Champions League clash.

The Poland striker got the shiner in Wednesday’s goalless draw at home to Sevilla.

Lewandowski started Saturday’s home match at home to Borussia Moenchengladbach on the bench with one eye on Wednesday’s German Cup semi-final at Bayer Leverkusen.

Bayern-bound Kovac sees Frankfurt crash at Leverkusen

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Berlin (Germany) (AFP) – Niko Kovac insisted Eintracht Frankfurt won’t use his appointment as Bayern Munich coach next season as an excuse, despite their 4-1 thrashing at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday.

Frankfurt’s plans for next season were thrown into chaos on Friday when Bundesliga champions Bayern confirmed Kovac, 46, will join them to replace Jupp Heynckes as coach in 2018/19.

Football: Bentaleb penalty seals Schalke win at Leverkusen

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Berlin (AFP) – Schalke climbed from sixth to third in the Bundesliga on Sunday as Nabil Bentaleb scored on his comeback to seal their 2-0 victory at 10-man Bayer Leverkusen.

It was a sweet return for the ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who was dropped from Schalke’s squad a fortnight ago and told to improve his attitude.

Football: Bentaleb penalty seals Schalke win at Leverkusen

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Berlin (AFP) – Schalke climbed from sixth to third in the Bundesliga on Sunday as Nabil Bentaleb scored on his comeback to seal their 2-0 victory at 10-man Bayer Leverkusen.

It was a sweet return for the ex-Tottenham Hotspur midfielder, who was dropped from Schalke’s squad a fortnight ago and told to improve his attitude.

Keita on target as Leipzig beat Augsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Liverpool-bound Naby Keita helped RB Leipzig beat Augsburg 2-0 in Friday’s Bundesliga clash when he scored a stinging second-half winner with a free-kick.

Runaway leaders Bayern Munich remain 15 points clear as they await Schalke 04 on Saturday whilst Bayer Leverkusen can climb level with Leipzig on 38 if they beat Hertha Berlin.

Keita on target as Leipzig beat Augsburg

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Berlin (AFP) – Liverpool-bound Naby Keita helped RB Leipzig beat Augsburg 2-0 in Friday’s Bundesliga clash when he scored a stinging second-half winner with a free-kick.

Runaway leaders Bayern Munich remain 15 points clear as they await Schalke 04 on Saturday whilst Bayer Leverkusen can climb level with Leipzig on 38 if they beat Hertha Berlin.

Schalke, Frankfurt into German Cup last four

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Berlin (AFP) – A first half goal from Guido Burgstaller fired Schalke to a 1-0 victory over Wolfsburg and a place in the semi-finals of the German Cup on Wednesday.

Last year’s finalists Eintracht Frankfurt also progressed to the last four, as a comedy of defensive errors saw them beat local rivals Mainz 3-0.

Injured Leverkusen captain Bender out three weeks

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen suffered a blow on Wednesday as their captain Lars Bender is expected to be sidelined for the next three weeks with a groin injury.

The Germany defender limped out of Tuesday’s 4-2 German Cup win at home to Werder Bremen and a scan has revealed a torn groin.

Five things we learned from the Bundesliga weekend

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Berlin (AFP) – Michy Batshuayi made a blistering start to life at Borussia Dortmund on Friday, firing the team back into the top four with two goals on his debut.

The Belgian wasn’t the only debutant to make an impact, as 20-year-old English forward Ademola Lookman grabbed a late winner in his first game for RB Leipzig.

Stuttgart hire Turkish coach

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Berlin (AFP) – VfB Stuttgart appointed Turkey’s Tayfun Korkut as new coach on Monday, who was previously in charge at three other Bundesliga clubs where his track record was only modest.

The 43-year-old Korkut takes over from Hannes Wolf, who was fired on Sunday after a home defeat to Schalke 04 left the newly promoted side three points above the Bundesliga relegation places.

Bailey shines as Leverkusen climb to second

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Berlin (AFP) – Winger Leon Bailey produced a superb back-heeled goal in a dazzling display as Bayer Leverkusen went second in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Jamaican showed why Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly chasing him with an audacious first-half shot which beat several defenders.

Bailey shines as Leverkusen climb to second

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Berlin (AFP) – Winger Leon Bailey produced a superb back-heeled goal in a dazzling display as Bayer Leverkusen went second in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The 20-year-old Jamaican showed why Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly chasing him with an audacious first-half shot which beat several defenders.

Bailey shines as Bayer Leverkusen climbs to second

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Berlin (AFP) – Jamaica winger Leon Bailey produced a superb back-heeled goal in a dazzling display as Bayer Leverkusen went third in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The 20-year-old showed why Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly chasing him with an audacious back-heeled shot, which beat several defenders on 43 minutes at Hoffenheim.

Bailey shines as Bayer Leverkusen climbs to second

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Berlin (AFP) – Jamaica winger Leon Bailey produced a superb back-heeled goal in a dazzling display as Bayer Leverkusen went third in the Bundesliga with a 4-1 win at Hoffenheim on Saturday.

The 20-year-old showed why Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal are reportedly chasing him with an audacious back-heeled shot, which beat several defenders on 43 minutes at Hoffenheim.

Five Bundesliga things you may have missed

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich are on course for a sixth straight German league title after finishing the weekend 13 points clear thanks to Friday’s 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Second-placed RB Leipzig have told Liverpool Naby Keita will not join them before next season after the midfielder scored a superb goal in the 3-1 win over Schalke amidst rumours the Reds want him in this transfer window.

Five Bundesliga things you may have missed

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich are on course for a sixth straight German league title after finishing the weekend 13 points clear thanks to Friday’s 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

Second-placed RB Leipzig have told Liverpool Naby Keita will not join them before next season after the midfielder scored a superb goal in the 3-1 win over Schalke amidst rumours the Reds want him in this transfer window.

Ribery strikes as Bayern go 14 points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Franck Ribery showed Bayern Munich why the Bundesliga leaders should extend his contract as the 34-year-old netted a superb goal in Friday’s 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

The away victory - Bayern’s first at Leverkusen since 2013 - leaves them 14 points clear and on course for a sixth straight Bundesliga title as the German league resumed after the winter break.

Ribery strikes as Bayern go 14 points clear

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Berlin (AFP) – Franck Ribery showed Bayern Munich why the Bundesliga leaders should extend his contract as the 34-year-old netted a superb goal in Friday’s 3-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen.

The away victory - Bayern’s first at Leverkusen since 2013 - leaves them 14 points clear and on course for a sixth straight Bundesliga title as the German league resumed after the winter break.

Bayern start new signing Wagner on bench

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayern Munich head coach Jupp Heynckes pulled a surprise in his starting line-up at Bayer Leverkusen on Friday by leaving new signing Sandro Wagner on the bench.

Bayern paid Hoffenheim around 13 million euros ($15.4m) last month for Wagner, who was signed as back-up for their top-scoring striker Robert Lewandowski.

Bolt’s pal Bailey out to dazzle Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey plans to prove against Bayern Munich on Friday that the Jamaican winger is even quicker with the ball at his feet than close friend Usain Bolt as the Bundesliga returns from its winter break this weekend.

Fourth-placed Leverkusen reopen proceedings on Friday with a mouth-watering clash at home to run-away league leaders Bayern, who have an 11-point lead over nearest rival Schalke.

Bolt’s pal Bailey out to dazzle Bayern

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Berlin (AFP) – Bayer Leverkusen forward Leon Bailey plans to prove against Bayern Munich on Friday that the Jamaican winger is even quicker with the ball at his feet than close friend Usain Bolt as the Bundesliga returns from its winter break this weekend.

Fourth-placed Leverkusen reopen proceedings on Friday with a mouth-watering clash at home to run-away league leaders Bayern, who have an 11-point lead over nearest rival Schalke.

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Americans Abroad Weekend Rewind: Christian Pulisic, Romain Gall, and more

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Borussia Dortmund climbed back into the race for a runners-up spot in the German Bundesliga with a 4-0 demolition of Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Following their disappointing defeat at Schalke a week ago, the hosts cruised to three points and Christian Pulisic was a part of the action. The American winger's lovely assist in the 13th minute set up Jadon Sancho for Dortmund's opener in the triumph.

Christian Pulisic provides assist in lopsided Dortmund win

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Christian Pulisic had a big day on Saturday as Borussia Dortmund cruised to a win.

The U.S. Men's National Team star assisted on Saturday's opening goal before drawing a penalty kick later in the match, helping Dortmund to a 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen. Pulisic's assist came early, as he found Jadon Sancho for the game's opener in the 13th minute.